Frequently Asked Questions | Your Northern Michigan Wedding Guide

Glen Arbor Wedding Photographer


Welcome to Josh Hartman Photography! I’m Josh, your photographer on a mission to capture your most cherished moments. With a deep love for breathtaking landscapes, I specialize in wedding photography at Northern Michigan’s most scenic destinations.

Here, I’ve answered some frequently asked questions to give you a glimpse of what to expect when you choose me to be a part of your memories. 


  • Where are You Located?
    I live in downtown Traverse City, Michigan.

  • What is an Adventure Session? How is it Different?
    An adventure session is all about capturing the real you in the midst of nature’s beauty. I encourage play, adventure, and authenticity to tell your unique story.

  • Where Do You Like to Photograph?
    I enjoy photographing at the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Old Mission Peninsula, and all over the Leelanau Peninsula.


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  • Why Do You Recommend an Engagement Session?
    It’s a great way for us to get to know each other and for you to get comfortable in front of the camera.

  • What Time of Day Do You Prefer for Photos?
    Sunrise and sunset offer magical lighting. Golden Hour is ideal, but I’ve captured stunning shots at other times too.

  • Do You Deliver Every Image You Shoot?
    I take thousands of photos, but I carefully curate the best ones. I can always look through the unedited ones if you need more.

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  • Can I Get Every Image?
    Yes, I offer a RAW Archival Drive for all the unedited moments of your big day.

  • When Should I Book for Our Wedding?
    Book at least a year in advance, especially for popular months like July, August, and September.
  • Can Our Guests Take Photos?
    I encourage unplugged weddings for the best shots and to ensure everyone is present.

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  • What Do I Wear for My Engagement Shoot?
    Wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Rich colors that contrast the landscape work great. Take a peek at my what to wear guide to plan your engagement session.

  • Can We Bring Our Dog?
    Please do! I love dogs. Let me know in advance so we can plan a dog-friendly location.

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  • Do You Retain Copyrights to the Photos?
    Yes, but you get an official copyright release for unlimited personal use and printing.

  • What Can I Do with My Images? Do You Offer Prints?
    You have unlimited printing and sharing rights. I also offer professional printing services.

  • Have You Shot at My Venue Before?
    I’ve shot at many venues in Northern Michigan and offer scouting assistance. Take a look at my favorite scenic venues in Northern Michigan.

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  • Do You Provide Partial Day Coverage?
    Absolutely, I offer partial day coverage for elopements and small weddings.

  • When Will the Fully Edited Gallery Be Ready?
    It typically takes 2-3 weeks during the slow season and 4-6 weeks during the busy season.

  • Do You Have Insurance?
    Yes, I have liability insurance to ensure peace of mind for you and your chosen venue.

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  • Do You Have Preferred Vendors?
    Yes, I’ve worked with several wedding vendors in Traverse City and can provide recommendations.

  • How Do I Book?
    Simply pay a $1,000 retainer fee with a signed contract to secure your date. The balance is due on your wedding day.

  • How Can I Contact You?
    Reach out through my contact page to tell me about your wedding day plans. 📸✨-Josh Hartman